Idaho® Baked Potato Bing Bread

Idaho® Baked Potato Bing Bread

Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark
Parachute Restaurant
Chicago, IL

Yield: 6 small loaves


Soy glaze:
  1. Stir the above to dissolve and reserve
Sour cream butter:
  1. Combine in a food processor until completely smooth.


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Mix sugar, salt, and yeast in a large mixing bowl. Add warm water and dissolve the mixture with a rubber spatula. Gradually mix in 3 to 4 cups of AP flour until dough comes together. Cover Bowl with plastic and allow to rise to double in size, about 1½ hours.
  3. Meanwhile, toss diced potatoes with sesame oil and canola oil, salt, in and roast in oven until just cooked through, about 15 minutes.
  4. Render the bacon in a large sauté pan over medium low heat, stirring occasionally, until the bacon gets golden, but not all the way crispy. Strain, reserving fat to re-crisp the bread later in the day.
  5. Prepare the sliced scallions, and diced white cheddar.
  6. After 1½ hour passes, release, and knead gently until smooth (using extra flour to avoid sticking, but not so much that dough becomes stiff) for about 20 turns. Portion into 6 balls, and keep covered with plastic. Roll each ball into 9 inch circle, and rub each circle with 1 teaspoon sesame oil, plus 1 teaspoon canola oil until completely covered.
  7. Sprinkle evenly over the dough 1/4 cup of rendered bacon bits, ⅓ cup medium diced and roasted potatoes, 1/4 cup medium diced white cheddar, and ½ cup thinly sliced scallions on each circle.
  8. Roll into a cylinder, pinching the edges and pinching the finished edge. Spiral cylinder carefully on top of itself, and gently pat down into a 6 inch circle.
  9. Preheat mini cast iron pans on medium high heat. Add 2 tablespoons canola oil to each pan and gently slide the bread dough in. Turn to low immediately. Brush soy glaze mixture on top with a pastry brush, then sprinkle 1 tablespoon white sesame seeds evenly over the top. Cover pan with another pan to steam.
  10. In about 8-10 minutes, when golden, flip over and put into 350° F convection oven. Check in 8 minutes to finish, or just put back until center is clean when poked through and bottom is evenly golden. Let rest on a rack.
  11. Re-crisp later for service with 2 tablespoons each pan of bacon fat in cast iron pans at 400 degrees F, flipping after 3 minutes on each side, or until crispy.
  12. Serve with a smear of sour cream butter.